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August 20, 1955


JAMA. 1955;158(16):1445. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960160039010

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This issue of The Journal (page 1463) contains an abstract of a much larger collection of data shortly to be issued by the Council on Industrial Health on some monetary aspects of workmen's compensation. The full report will provide committees on workmen's compensation or industrial health in the state medical societies with factual information on trends and distribution of premiums earned and medical and indemnity losses incurred by insured employers in 39 jurisdictions for a 10 year period.

Here is much food for thought. Certain statutory and administrative provisions have long been considered necessary as "controlling factors" in the maintenance of minimal costs for medical care, and indirectly for indemnity. Among a sizable list of such factors several have stood out—the method of physician selection, limitations in medical benefits in time or amount, and fee schedules. This report questions the validity of these concepts. The physician is selected by the

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